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Can Stoops tell from practices how team will play in a game?

Garrett “Juice” Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky will need to play its best game of the season Saturday to win at Georgia — or probably just keep the game competitive.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that going into the game.

But can Kentucky coach Mark Stoops usually predict how his team might play after a week of practice going into a game?

“You do to some degree. I think sometimes it fools you. Again I’ve listened to some coaches in the top five and top 10 this year and seen some clips late at night when you’re watching highlights and listen to them respond and that they have seen or not seen it (poor play) coming,” Stoops said.

“I think all of us coaches, I don’t know, I mean that has been my experience that sometimes you can see. Sometimes you try to bring them in to get it corrected. You know you have to relay that sense of urgency and other times you feel like it is there all week.

“But you know it is hard to say 100 percent, things we talk about often are is this routine and our commitment. What’s our standard? It is very easy through a long season to just try to get into a routine or are they truly committed to being attentive at meetings and having great practices. And having that great sense of urgency.”


  1. I believe that is the first time that I read an article to get the answer, and after reading it, I still was wondering what the answer was. Nice article, just a little confusing. Stoops may have a career in politics after football.

  2. He does that most of the time and would make great candidate for DWTS.

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